WRI Indonesia is looking for Peatland Restoration Research Consultant

Program Overview

Through its Forests and Landscapes Restoration as well as Peatland Restoration projects, WRI Indonesia aims to increase food security, improve livelihoods and human well-being, enhance biodiversity conservation and ecosystem productivity, and strengthen climate change mitigation and adaptation through the restoration of degraded and deforested landscapes, including the introduction of trees into agricultural landscapes. Key objectives include

·         Increased political inspiration, support and ambitious commitments to forest landscape restoration, including peatland restoration

·         Obstacles to restoration identified and in the process of being addressed through national and sub-national plans, policies and/or institutional frameworks

·         Strong capacity, financial support, and credible measurement and monitoring of restoration activities provided

WRI Indonesia supports the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MoEF) and the Peat Restoration Agency (BRG) to achieve its restoration targets, which are aligned with the aim to significantly reduce carbon emissions in Indonesia

The Peatland Restoration Research Consultant will report directly to Senior Manager for Energy and Climate while while coordinating closely with Peatland Restoration Technical Expert work and other project managers/leads of several restoration projects at WRI Indonesia. It is expected that the Peatland Restoration Research Consultant will use their scientific expertise to support the Peatland Restoration Technical Expert in enhancing WRI Indonesia’s restoration-related projects and develop WRI Indonesia’s reputation as a go-to environmental think tank for forests and landscape restoration, especially peatland restoration, in the nation and in the region. The research outcomes are intended to promote innovative solutions and data-driven analyses that accelerate restoration at-scale and transform business-as-usual into best practices. In order to achieve such objectives, the Peatland Restoration Research Consultant is also expected to engage with stakeholders, perform some managerial tasks, and get involved in fundraising.

Job Responsibilities

The Peatland Restoration Research Consultant will assist the Peatland Restoration Technical Expert in conducting several peatland-related research projects and facilitating the analysis and development of the knowledge products. 

Below is the breakdown of the deliverables of the Peatland Restoration Research Consultant:

Research and Knowledge Product Development (100%):

·         Assist in investigating peatland restoration-related issues;

·         Assist in conducting research on peatland restoration-related issues;

·         Assist in analyzing data and information to develop knowledge products;

·         Assist in writing knowledge products (WRI Knowledge Products/Scientific Journal Publication).


1.     Assisting research and development of the peatland restoration-related issue;

2.     Authoring or co-authoring at least three WRI Knowledge Products/journal articles on peatland restoration-related topics;

3.     Authoring or co-authoring at least four blog posts/op-ed on peatland restoration-related topics;

4.     Presenting research and concepts in national/international conferences (at least 1 event);

5.     Assisting in fundraising for peatland issue-related programs.

Job Qualifications

·         Master degree in forestry, agriculture, hydrology, environmental science, or other relevant fields;

·         University-based and/or professional research experience of minimum 2 years in natural resources-related fields;

·         Proficiency in using Microsoft product(s): word, excel, power point, notes and similar app of other products and/or brands;

·         Very strong writing and research skills, excellent academic performance, as well as high level of organization and attention to detail;

·         Familiarity with or interest in Indonesian natural resources issues;

·         High integrity, passion for sustainable development, and good sense of humor preferred;

·         Able to travel to remote areas to do field investigation and stakeholders coordination;

·         Demonstrated proficiency and fluency in oral and written English and Bahasa Indonesia;

·         Must be self-motivated, detail-oriented and organized thinker with an ability to juggle multiple priorities, handle assignments independently, and work under tight deadlines.

Period of Work

This position is expected to start on 1 August 2020 until 30 April 2021.

Terms of Payment

Daily-rate consultant with maximum 18 (eighteen) working days per month

Must have authorization to work in Indonesia to be eligible for this position.

Final candidates might be required to take a writing test and to produce two writing samples when needed.

Consultant rate: Consultant rate is commensurate with experience and skills.

Qualified applicants should apply online through WRI career portal https://jobs.jobvite.com/wri/job/ocHZcfwO in order to be formally considered. 

Application close: 1700 (Jakarta Time), 15 July 2020. We will close the advert earlier when the best candidates are identified at earlier dates. 

This is a locally engaged position; Indonesian nationals are encouraged to apply.

WRI Overview

World Resources Institute (WRI) is an independent, nonprofit global research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity and human well-being. We are working to address seven critical challenges that the world must overcome this decade in order to secure a sustainable future for people and the planet: climate change, energy, food, forests, water, sustainable cities, and the ocean. We are passionate. We value our diversity of interests, skills and backgrounds. We have a flexible work environment. And we share a common goal to catalyze change that will improve the lives of people. Our shared ideals are at the core of our approach. They include: integrity, innovation, urgency, independence and respect. The foundation of our work is delivering high-quality research, data, maps and analysis to solve the world’s greatest environment and international development challenges, and improve people’s lives. We work with leaders in government, business and civil society to drive ambitious action and create change on the ground. Equally important, we bring together partners to develop breakthrough ideas and scale-up solutions for far-reaching, enduring impact.

We have been growing rapidly: our staff has doubled in size over the past 5 years and our operating budget is now $100 million. Founded in 1982, WRI has a global staff of 800+ people with work spanning 60 countries. We have offices in Africa, Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico and the United States as well as a growing presence in other countries and regions. 

WRI is committed to advancing gender and social equity for human well-being in our mission and applies this principle to our organizational and programmatic practices.

WRI Indonesia is national entity (Yayasan) associated with the World Resources Institute (WRI), a global environmental research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity, and human well-being. WRI work with various stakeholders in the natural resources sector to support policy and management that are both profitable and sustainable. WRI work with leaders in more than 50 countries for more than 30 years, with offices in Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico, and the United States.

Launched in early 2014, WRI Indonesia builds on WRI’s 10-year history in the country and strengthens our impact on the ground. In the short-to-medium term, WRI Indonesia aims to expand its presence and portfolio to include projects in the climate, energy, as well as city and transportation programs.

The World Resources Institute (http://www.wri.org) is an environmental and development research and policy organization that creates solutions to protect the Earth and improve people’s lives. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, it is WRI’s policy to recruit, hire, and provide opportunities for advancement in all job classifications without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, citizenship, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, parental status, protected veteran status, or disability. WRI’s global agenda requires a staff that is diverse – with respect to race, gender, cultural, and international background. Diverse perspectives and experience enhance the way WRI selects and approaches issues, as well as the creativity and applicability of WRI's policy research and analysis. WRI, therefore, encourages applications from U.S. minorities, persons from other countries (especially developing nations), and from women of all backgrounds.

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